The Real Reason Why You’re Getting Monthly Hormonal Acne

If you’re over the age of 25, more than likely you’ve found that your blemishes are staring to level out. However, you may still deal with “that time of the month” breakouts. Often I’ll hear my clients say, “Like clockwork, I always break out right at the start of my period.” These breakouts can be cysts on the chin area (those hard, sore bumps under the skin that are painful and take forever to go away), or those familiar pustular-type zits. Either way, it’s frustrating and leaves you with the challenge of how to deal with them when they only come monthly during your cycle.
Why do you get them? What can you do to help prevent these hormonal breakouts? How do you ensure your skin is blemish free every day of the month? No worries! I’ve got answers and I’ve got solutions to “clear things up” for you.
What causes monthly hormonal breakouts? Just before the start of a woman’s cycle, there is more progesterone in the skin causing water retention resulting in the skin appearing puffier. (If you find yourself bloated and your pants get a little tight, then this surely will sound familiar.) When this occurs, it puts pressure on the pores and creates a narrower pore lining. Additionally, oil can get thicker because of the imbalance of hormones and the increase of testosterone during the pre-period hormonal shift. When you have thicker oil trying to get through a narrower opening, this creates an environment within the skin where breakouts can now begin.
What can you do to prevent these from appearing? The key here is prevention. Most of you probably have a plan of attack for when a blemish appears, to get it to go away as quickly as possible, but it’s more challenging to try to figure out how to prevent them from showing up in the first place.

Modify your skincare routine slightly about 3 to 5 days prior to the start of your menstrual cycle. Replace 2-3 products in your current regimen with ones that focus on clearing away bacteria to prevent the formation of breakouts. I generally suggest switching up your cleanser. If you’re currently not using a mask, add one for daily use during this time. If your hormonal breakouts usually appear on a certain area of the face such as the chin, you might consider using these products on that area only, so as not to give other places on your face something they don’t need.
Use products containing the ingredient, salicylic acid. It’s a keratolytic beta hydroxy acid (BHA) ingredient famous for its ability to penetrate the pores to help clear out bacteria and shed breakout-clogging cells—all without irritating the skin and causing dryness. It is important to understand  that most acne products are intended to dry out breakouts when they are in their active stage; while this is appropriate for someone who has a lot of pustular acne showing all over their face (such as a teenager), it’s simply NOT appropriate for the prevention of adult acne. Drying out the skin will only make it worse as this creates surface cell buildup that can keep oil and bacteria trapped in the pore leading to even more breakouts. Plus, adult skin types need to focus on keeping the skin in a healthy, hydrated state to encourage the slowdown of lines and wrinkles. You’ll usually find salicylic acid in cleansers, serums and masks, as well as in acne spot treatments. It’s a fabulous ingredient with proven results in preventing the appearance of blemishes. (And it helps with blackheads, too!)
Article from Renee Rouleau

5 Best Drugstore's Hand Creams

Hi everyone,

How uncomfortable it is having your hands so dry and cracked through Winter? I'll say...

I suffer from extremely dry hands and with this cold weather things get really bad. I know many people also suffer from that so I put together 5 hand creams that I think are some of the best drugstore's hand creams.
I tried so many products and only a few satisfied me leaving my hands so soft and nourished. 
I will also give you some tips in how you can keep them soft and crack free hands which can be very painful sometimes.
As a beauty therapist I always tell my clients to look after their hands specially in the winter and I give them some recipe to keep the hands gorgeous and looking young most of the time. 

5 of the best drugstore's hand creams in my opinion:  

1- L'occitane En Provence hand cream - one of my friends recommended this one because my hands were very sore and in a few days it made them look and feel better, it has a lovely rose scent, but didn't last as I was applying every time. I found them quite expensive though. 

2- Neutrogena Concentrated hand cream -  reasonable price but the consistency is too thick it doesn't have a nice smell and I would recommend this one for Male's hands. 

3- Nivea Age Defying Q10 Plus hand cream - has a sweet fragrance, not very strong and price is OK. It left my hands very soft, the cream has a thin consistency and you feel the softness in your hands for quite a long time, but be careful it can be a bit of mess when applied in a large quantity. 

4- Vaseline healthy hand & stronger nails hand cream - the cream left my hands very soft and smooth but only for a little while, price is good, I found it a bit sticky and it has a nice floral fragrance.

5- Dove Winter care hand cream - has this creamy smell, very efficient and left my hands very soft, reasonable price and it has a good consistency great to carry on your hand bag like all the other ones above, it has natural ingredients and essential oils for everyday use. In fact they all are for everyday use anyway. 

Here are some tips to keep your hands fresh and young: 
  • Try to apply oils on your hands everyday such as jojoba oil, grape seed or just a simple olive oil to keep your skin moist and fresh.
  • Apply as many times as you want and need it only helps your skin 
  • Try to wash your dishes and clean your house with rubber gloves as the cleaning products can really damage your skin. 
  • If you can sleep a couple of nights during the week with loads of cream on your hand and wear gloves I know sometimes it can get a bit warm but it worth the sacrifice, you will wake up in the morning with a soft hand. 
  • Have your manicure done once a week to keep not only your hand but also your nails and cuticles healthy. 
And there you go, beautiful hands at all times, if you have anymore ideas please do let us know in the comments box. 

Thank you!!! 

5 Ways to Winter-Proof Our Skin

We all need a little something to help our skin get through the winter, it's when the latest skin-boosting treats come in to return our wind-chapped cheeks and dry lips to their former glory and to protect us until next season. 

Her are my 5 ways to winter-proof your skin to keep it soft, moisture and smooth:

1- Mac Prep + Prime Skin Brightening Serum - A serum formulated to instantly brighten, smooth, firm, and hydrate the skin while providing a plumper, more evenly toned finish to the complexion. Natural antioxidants help to strengthen the skin against UV-related damage, while MAC Charged Water ensures deep, long-lasting hydration.

2- Lancome Visionnaire Yeux - Achieve skin perfection while reducing dark circles, wrinkles and fine lines in the eye contour The eye corrector delivers a triple visible correcting action: dark circles appear significantly diminished, eye wrinkles appear smoother and the eye contour texture looks and feels refined. After 4 weeks, the signs of fatigue around the eyes look visibly reduced as this lightweight eye cream re-texturizers and evens tone in the eye contour area.

3- Dove Winter Care Nourishing Body LotionThe lotion works deep down and not only moisturises the surface of your skin, but also delivers deep nourishment for long lasting beautifully soft and smooth skin. The rich formula, gives the intensive care we need for the cold season. It treats dry skin so that it recovers, and the warm fragrance of Amber flower provides a pampering sensation. The unique deep care Complex includes skin natural nutrients and rich essential oil to help gradually improve skin starting deep down to the stratus corneum.

4- L’occitane Shea Butter Hand CreamEnriched with 20% Shea Butter, the super-creamy Shea Butter Hand Cream penetrates quickly to protect, nourish and moisturise hands. Honey, almond extracts and coconut oil are blended with shea butter to create this extremely effective care. The rich texture is rapidly absorbed to leave the hands soft and smooth with no oily traces. 

5- The Body Shop Honeymania Lip Balm This luxuriously sweet lip balm contains Community Fair Trade honey made from the nectar of wildflowers. It has a sweet, floral scent and leaves lips feeling soft. This one I recommend...

So girls here are my tips for today and let me know what else would you use to protect your skin through the winter or if you have tried one of these products above. Please do leave your comments below.

Thank you!

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